The Two Noble Kinsmen

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Enter Palamon from the Bush.Enter Palamon from the bush TNK
About this houre my Cosen gave his faithAbout this hour my cousin gave his faithfaith (n.)promise, assurance, pledgeTNK
To visit me againe, and with him bringTo visit me again, and with him bring TNK
Two Swords, and two good Armors; if he faileTwo swords and two good armours; if he fail,armour (n.)
old form: Armors
suit of armour
He's neither man, nor Souldier; when he left meHe's neither man nor soldier. When he left me, TNK
I did not thinke a weeke could have restordI did not think a week could have restored TNK
My lost strength to me, I was growne so low,My lost strength to me, I was grown so low TNK
And Crest-falne with my wants; I thanke thee Arcite,And crest-fallen with my wants. I thank thee, Arcite,crest-fallen (adj.)humbled, abashed, shamedTNK
Thou art yet a faire Foe; and I feele my selfeThou art yet a fair foe; and I feel myself, TNK
With this refreshing, able once againeWith this refreshing, able once again TNK
To out dure danger: To delay it longerTo outdure danger. To delay it longeroutdure (v.)
old form: out dure
endure, outlast, survive
Would make the world think when it comes to hearing,Would make the world think, when it comes to hearing, TNK
That I lay fatting like a Swine, to fightThat I lay fatting like a swine to fight,fat (v.)fatten, feed up, nourishTNK
swine (n.)wild boar
And not a Souldier: Therefore this blest morningAnd not a soldier. Therefore this blest morning TNK
Shall be the last; and that Sword he refutes,Shall be the last; and that sword he refuses, TNK
If it but hold, I kill him with; tis Iustice:If it but hold, I kill him with; 'tis justice.hold (v.)stay unbroken, hold out [in a fight]TNK
So love, and Fortune for me:So, love and fortune for me! TNK
Enter Arcite with Armors and Swords.Enter Arcite with armours and swords TNK
O good morrow.O, good morrow.morrow (n.)morningTNK
Good morrow noble kinesman,Good morrow, noble kinsman. TNK
I have put youI have put you TNK
To too much paines Sir.To too much pains, sir. TNK
That too much faire Cosen,That too much, fair cousin, TNK
Is but a debt to honour, and my duty.Is but a debt to honour, and my duty. TNK
Would you were so in all Sir; I could wish yeWould you were so in all, sir; I could wish ye TNK
As kinde a kinsman, as you force me findeAs kind a kinsman as you force me find TNK
A beneficiall foe, that my embracesA beneficial foe, that my embraces TNK
Might thanke ye, not my blowes.Might thank ye, not my blows. TNK
I shall thinke eitherI shall think either, TNK
Well done, a noble recompence.Well done, a noble recompense. TNK
Then I shall quit you.Then I shall quit you.quit (v.)pay back, repay, rewardTNK
Defy me in these faire termes, and you showDefy me in these fair terms, and you show show (v.)appear, look [like], present [as]TNK
More then a Mistris to me, no more angerMore than a mistress to me; no more anger, TNK
As you love any thing that's honourable;As you love anything that's honourable! TNK
We were not bred to talke man, when we are arm'dWe were not bred to talk, man; when we are armed, TNK
And both upon our guards, then let our furyAnd both upon our guards, then let our fury, TNK
Like meeting of two tides, fly strongly from us,Like meeting of two tides, fly strongly from us, TNK
And then to whom the birthright of this BeautyAnd then to whom the birthright of this beauty TNK
Truely pertaines (without obbraidings, scornes,Truly pertains – without upbraidings, scorns,pertain (v.)
old form: pertaines
belong, have a right
Dispisings of our persons, and such powtingsDespisings of our persons, and such poutings TNK
Fitter for Girles and Schooleboyes) will be seeneFitter for girls and schoolboys – will be seen, TNK
And quickly, yours, or mine: wilt please you arme Sir,And quickly, yours or mine. Wilt please you arm, sir? TNK
Or if you feele your selfe not fitting yetOr if you feel yourself not fitting yetfit (v.)be fit, be in satisfactory conditionTNK
And furnishd with your old strength, ile stay CosenAnd furnished with your old strength, I'll stay, cousin, TNK
And ev'ry day discourse you into health,And every day discourse you into health,discourse (v.)talk, chat, converseTNK
As I am spard, your person I am friends with,As I am spared. Your person I am friends with,spare (v.)
old form: spard
be free [at court], not needed
And I could wish I had not saide I lov'd herAnd I could wish I had not said I loved her, TNK
Though I had dide; But loving such a LadyThough I had died; but loving such a lady, TNK
And justifying my Love, I must not fly from't.And justifying my love, I must not fly from't. TNK
Arcite, thou art so brave an enemyArcite, thou art so brave an enemybrave (adj.)noble, worthy, excellentTNK
That no man but thy Cosen's fit to kill thee,That no man but thy cousin's fit to kill thee. TNK
I am well, and lusty, choose your Armes.I am well and lusty. Choose your arms.lusty (adj.)vigorous, strong, robust, eagerTNK
Choose you Sir.Choose you, sir.  TNK
Wilt thou exceede in all, or do'st thou doe itWilt thou exceed in all, or dost thou do'texceed (v.)
old form: exceede
outdo, surpass, excel, be superior
To make me spare thee?To make me spare thee? TNK
If you thinke so Cosen,If you think so, cousin, TNK
You are deceived, for as I am a Soldier.You are deceived, for as I am a soldier TNK
I will not spare you.I will not spare you. TNK
That's well said.That's well said. TNK
You'l finde itYou'll find it.find (v.)
old form: finde
find the truth about, discover the reason for
Then as I am an honest man and love,Then as I am an honest man and love, TNK
With all the justice of affectionWith all the justice of affectionaffection (n.)love, devotionTNK
Ile pay thee soundly: This ile take.I'll pay thee soundly. This I'll (v.)punish, pay back, retaliate againstTNK
soundly (adv.)severely, strongly, dearly, in full
He chooses his armour TNK
That's mine then,That's mine then. TNK
Ile arme you first.I'll arm you first. TNK
Do: pray thee tell me Cosen,Do. Pray thee tell me, cousin, TNK
Where gotst thou this good Armour.Where gottest thou this good armour? TNK
Tis the Dukes,'Tis the Duke's, TNK
And to say true, I stole it; doe I pinch you?And to say true, I stole it. Do I pinch you? TNK
Noe.No. TNK
Is't not too heavie?Is't not too heavy? TNK
I have worne a lighter,I have worn a lighter, TNK
But I shall make it serve.But I shall make it serve. TNK
Ile buckl't close.I'll buckle't close.close (adv.)tightly, in a close-fitting wayTNK
By any meanes.By any means. TNK
You care not for a Grand guard?You care not for a grand guard?grand guardpiece of tournament armour protecting the chest and left shoulderTNK
care for (v.)want, like, wish
No, no, wee'l use no horses, I perceaveNo, no, we'll use no horses. I perceive TNK
You would faine be at that Fight.You would fain be at that fight.fain (adv.)
old form: faine
gladly, willingly
I am indifferent.I am indifferent.indifferent (adj.)unconcerned, without a preferenceTNK
Faith so am I: good Cosen, thrust the buckleFaith, so am I. Good cousin, thrust the buckle TNK
Through far enough.Through far enough. TNK
I warrant you.I warrant you.warrant (v.)assure, promise, guarantee, confirmTNK
My Caske now.My casque now.casque, caske (n.)helmetTNK
Will you fight bare-armd?Will you fight bare-armed? TNK
We shall be the nimbler.We shall be the nimbler. TNK
But use your Gauntlets though; those are o'th least,But use your gauntlets, though. Those are o'th' least;least, of thetoo small; or: inferiorTNK
gauntlet (n.)armoured glove protecting the hand and wrist
Prethee take mine good Cosen.Prithee take mine, good cousin. TNK
Thanke you Arcite.Thank you, Arcite. TNK
How doe I looke, am I falne much away?How do I look? Am I fallen much away?fall away (v.)
old form: falne
be thin, emaciate, waste away
Faith very little; love has usd you kindly.Faith, very little; love has used you kindly. TNK
Ile warrant thee, Ile strike home.I'll warrant thee I'll strike home.warrant (v.)assure, promise, guarantee, confirmTNK
Doe, and spare not;Do, and spare not; TNK
Ile give you cause sweet Cosen.I'll give you cause, sweet cousin. TNK
Now to you Sir,Now to you, sir. TNK
He arms Arcite TNK
Me thinkes this Armo'rs very like that, Arcite,Methinks this armour's very like that, Arcite,methinks(t), methought(s) (v.)it seems / seemed to meTNK
Thou wor'st that day the 3. Kings fell, but lighter.Thou worest that day the three kings fell, but lighter. TNK
That was a very good one, and that dayThat was a very good one, and that day, TNK
I well remember, you outdid me Cosen,I well remember, you outdid me, cousin. TNK
I never saw such valour: when you chargdI never saw such valour; when you charged TNK
Vpon the left wing of the Enemie,Upon the left wing of the enemy, TNK
I spurd hard to come up, and under meI spurred hard to come up, and under mecome up (v.)come forward [from the rear], reach, advanceTNK
I had a right good horse.I had a right good horse. TNK
You had indeedeYou had indeed; TNK
A bright Bay I remember.A bright bay, I remember. TNK
Yes but allYes, but all TNK
Was vainely labour'd in me, you outwent me,Was vainly laboured in me; you outwent me,outgo (v.)outdo, outstrip, surpassTNK
Nor could my wishes reach you; yet a littleNor could my wishes reach you; yet a littlereach (v.), past form raughtequal, match, attain toTNK
I did by imitation.I did by imitation. TNK
More by vertue,More by virtue;virtue (n.)courage, valour, braveryTNK
You are modest Cosen.You are modest, cousin. TNK
When I saw you charge first,When I saw you charge first, TNK
Me thought I heard a dreadfull clap of ThunderMethought I heard a dreadful clap of thundermethinks(t), methought(s) (v.)
old form: Me thinkes
it seems / seemed to me
Breake from the Troope.Break from the troop. TNK
But still before that flewBut still before that flew TNK
The lightning of your valour: Stay a little,The lightning of your valour. Stay a little; TNK
Is not this peece too streight?Is not this piece too strait?strait (adj.)
old form: streight
tight, close-fitting, narrow
No, no, tis well.No, no, 'tis well. TNK
I would have nothing hurt thee but my Sword,I would have nothing hurt thee but my sword; TNK
A bruise would be dishonour.A bruise would be dishonour. TNK
Now I am perfect.Now I am perfect.perfect (adj.)completely prepared, fully made readyTNK
Stand off then.Stand off then.stand off (v.)stand back, draw backTNK
Take my Sword, I hold it better.Take my sword; I hold it better.hold (v.)consider, regard, esteem, value [as]TNK
I thanke ye: No, keepe it, your life lyes on it,I thank ye. No, keep it, your life lies on it.lie (v.)
old form: lyes
hang, depend, hinge
Here's one, if it but hold, I aske no more,Here's one; if it but hold, I ask no more,hold (v.)stay unbroken, hold out [in a fight]TNK
For all my hopes: My Cause and honour guard me.For all my hopes. My cause and honour guard me! TNK
And me my love:And me my love! TNK
They bow severall wayes: then advance and stand.They bow several ways, then advance and stand several (adj.)
old form: severall
separate, different, distinct
stand (v.)stand still, stop, cease moving
Is there ought else to say?Is there aught else to say?aught (n.)
old form: ought
anything, [with negative word] nothing
This onely, and no more: Thou art mine Aunts Son.This only, and no more. Thou art mine aunt's son, TNK
And that blood we desire to shed is mutuall,And that blood we desire to shed is mutual, TNK
In me, thine, and in thee, mine: My SwordIn me, thine, and in thee, mine; my sword TNK
Is in my hand, and if thou killst meIs in my hand, and if thou killest me TNK
The gods, and I forgive thee; If there beThe gods and I forgive thee. If there be TNK
A place prepar'd for those that sleepe in honour,A place prepared for those that sleep in honour, TNK
I wish his wearie soule, that falls may win it:I wish his weary soul that falls may win it. TNK
Fight bravely Cosen, give me thy noble hand.Fight bravely, cousin; give me thy noble hand. TNK
Here Palamon: This hand shall never moreHere, Palamon. This hand shall never more TNK
Come neare thee with such friendship.Come near thee with such friendship.commend (v.)commit, entrust, hand overTNK
I commend thee.I commend thee. TNK
If I fall, curse me, and say I was a coward,If I fall, curse me, and say I was a coward, TNK
For none but such, dare die in these just Tryalls,For none but such dare die in these just trials. TNK
Once more farewell my Cosen,One more farewell, my cousin. TNK
Farewell Arcite.Farewell, Arcite. TNK
Fight. Hornes within: they stand.They fight. Then horns sound within; they standstand (v.)stand still, stop, cease movingTNK
Loe Cosen, loe, our Folly has undon us.Lo, cousin, lo, our folly has undone us! TNK
Why?Why? TNK
This is the Duke, a hunting as I told you,This is the Duke, a-hunting as I told you; TNK
If we be found, we are wretched, O retireIf we be found, we are wretched. O, retire TNK
For honours sake, and safely presentlyFor honour's sake, and safety, presentlypresently (adv.)immediately, instantly, at onceTNK
Into your Bush agen; Sir we shall findeInto your bush again, sir; we shall find TNK
Too many howres to dye in, gentle Cosen:Too many hours to die in. Gentle cousin,gentle (adj.)well-born, honourable, nobleTNK
If you be seene you perish instantlyIf you be seen you perish instantly TNK
For breaking prison, and I, if you reveale me,For breaking prison, and I, if you reveal me, TNK
For my contempt; Then all the world will scorne us,For my contempt; then all the world will scorn us,contempt (n.)disobedience, disregard, defianceTNK
And say we had a noble difference,And say we had a noble difference,difference (n.)quarrel, disagreement, disputeTNK
But base disposers of it.But base disposers of it.disposer (n.)settler, handler, managerTNK
base (adj.)dishonourable, low, unworthy
No, no, CosenNo, no, cousin, TNK
I will no more be hidden, nor put offI will no more be hidden, nor put off TNK
This great adventure to a second Tryall:This great adventure to a second trial.adventure (n.)venture, enterprise, issue, hazardTNK
I know your cunning, and I know your cause,I know your cunning, and I know your cause;cunning (n.)deviousness, deceit, craftiness, artfulnessTNK
cause (n.)reason, motive, ground
He that faints now, shame take him, put thy selfeHe that faints now, shame take him! Put thyselffaint (v.)lose courage, show fear, lose heart, take frightTNK
Vpon thy present guard.Upon thy present guard. TNK
You are not mad?You are not mad? TNK
Or I will make th' advantage of this howreOr I will make th' advantage of this hour TNK
Mine owne, and what to come shall threaten me,Mine own, and what to come shall threaten me TNK
I feare lesse then my fortune: know weake CosenI fear less than my fortune. Know, weak cousin, TNK
I love Emilia, and in that ile buryI love Emilia, and in that I'll burybury (v.)abandon forever, consign to oblivion, eliminateTNK
Thee, and all crosses else.Thee, and all crosses else.cross (n.)hindrance, obstacle, stumbling blockTNK
Then come, what can comeThen come what can come, TNK
Thou shalt know Palamon, I dare as wellThou shalt know, Palamon, I dare as well TNK
Die, as discourse, or sleepe: Onely this feares me,Die as discourse or sleep; only this fears me,fear (v.)
old form: feares
frighten, scare, terrify, daunt
discourse (v.)talk, chat, converse
The law will have the honour of our ends.The law will have the honour of our ends.honour (n.)fame, renown, gloryTNK
Have at thy life.Have at thy life!have at (v.)[said at the start of a fencing attack or other confrontation] I come at, let me at [a person]TNK
Looke to thine owne well Arcite.Look to thine own well, Arcite. TNK
Fight againe. Hornes.They fight again. Horns sound within; enter Theseus, TNK
Enter Theseus, Hipolita, Emilia, Perithous and traine.Hippolyta, Emilia, Pirithous, and train TNK
What ignorant and mad malicious Traitors,What ignorant and mad malicious traitorsmalicious (adj.)wicked, evil-minded, of ill willTNK
Are you? That gainst the tenor of my LawesAre you, that 'gainst the tenor of my lawstenor, tenour (n.)meaning, purpose, intentionTNK
Are making Battaile, thus like Knights appointed,Are making battle, thus like knights appointed,appoint (v.)arm, equip, furnishTNK
Without my leave, and Officers of Armes?Without my leave and officers of arms?officer of arms (n.)
old form: Armes
herald, pursuivant
By Castor both shall dye.By Castor, both shall die.Castor (n.)one of the twins born to Jupiter and Leda (the other being Pollux)TNK
Hold thy word Theseus,Hold thy word, Theseus;hold (v.)keep, maintain, observeTNK
We are certainly both Traitors, both despisersWe are certainly both traitors, both despisers TNK
Of thee, and of thy goodnesse: I am PalamonOf thee, and of thy goodness. I am Palamon TNK
That cannot love thee, he that broke thy Prison,That cannot love thee, he that broke thy prison –  TNK
Thinke well, what that deserves; and this is ArciteThink well what that deserves – and this is Arcite; TNK
A bolder Traytor never trod thy groundA bolder traitor never trod thy ground, TNK
A Falser neu'r seem'd friend: This is the manA falser ne'er seemed friend; this is the manfalse (adj.)treacherous, traitorous, perfidiousTNK
Was begd and banish'd, this is he contemnes theeWas begged and banished, this is he contemns theecontemn (v.)
old form: contemnes
despise, scorn, treat with contempt
And what thou dar'st doe; and in this disguiseAnd what thou darest do, and in this disguise, TNK
Against this owne Edict followes thy Sister,Against thine own edict follows thy sister,follow (v.)
old form: followes
seek after, pursue, strive for, court
That fortunate bright Star, the faire EmiliaThat fortunate bright star, the fair Emilia – fortunate (adj.)bringing good fortune, lucky, favourableTNK
Whose servant, (if there be a right in seeing,Whose servant, if there be a right in seeing,servant (n.)devotee, one who gives dedicated service, loverTNK
And first bequeathing of the soule to) justlyAnd first bequeathing of the soul to, justly TNK
I am, and which is more, dares thinke her his.I am – and which is more, dares think her his. TNK
This treacherie like a most trusty Lover,This treachery, like a most trusty lover, TNK
I call'd him now to answer; if thou bee'stI called him now to answer; if thou be'stanswer (v.)account for, justify, defendTNK
As thou art spoken, great and vertuous,As thou art spoken, great and virtuous, TNK
The true descider of all injuries,The true decider of all injuries, TNK
Say, Fight againe, and thou shalt see me TheseusSay ‘ Fight again,’ and thou shalt see me, Theseus, TNK
Doe such a Iustice, thou thy selfe wilt envie,Do such a justice thou thyself wilt envy. TNK
Then take my life, Ile wooe thee too't.Then take my life; I'll woo thee to't. TNK
O heaven,O heaven, TNK
What more then man is this!What more than man is this! TNK
I have sworne.I have sworn. TNK
We seeke notWe seek not TNK
Thy breath of mercy Theseus, Tis to meThy breath of mercy, Theseus; 'tis to me TNK
A thing as soone to dye, as thee to say it,A thing as soon to die as thee to say it, TNK
And no more mov'd: where this man calls me Traitor,And no more moved. Where this man calls me traitor,move (v.)
old form: mov'd
arouse, affect, stir [by emotion]
where (conj.)whereas
Let me say thus much; if in love be Treason,Let me say thus much: if in love be treason, TNK
In service of so excellent a Beutie,In service of so excellent a beauty, TNK
As I love most, and in that faith will perish,As I love most, and in that faith will perish, TNK
As I have brought my life here to confirme it,As I have brought my life here to confirm it, TNK
As I have serv'd her truest, worthiest,As I have served her truest, worthiest, TNK
As I dare kill this Cosen, that denies it,As I dare kill this cousin that denies it, TNK
So let me be most Traitor, and ye please me:So let me be most traitor, and ye please me. TNK
For scorning thy Edict Duke, aske that LadyFor scorning thy edict, Duke, ask that ladyfor (conj.)as forTNK
Why she is faire, and why her eyes command meWhy she is fair, and why her eyes command me TNK
Stay here to love her; and if she say Traytor,Stay here to love her; and if she say ‘ traitor,’ TNK
I am a villaine fit to lye unburied.I am a villain fit to lie unburied. TNK
Thou shalt have pitty of us both, o Theseus,Thou shalt have pity of us both, O Theseus, TNK
If unto neither thou shew mercy, stop,If unto neither thou show mercy. Stop,stop (v.)stop up, close (up), shutTNK
(As thou art just) thy noble eare against us,As thou art just, thy noble ear against us; TNK
As thou art valiant; for thy Cosens souleAs thou art valiant, for thy cousin's soul, TNK
Whose 12. strong labours crowne his memory,Whose twelve strong labours crown his memory, TNK
Lets die together, at one instant Duke,Let's die together, at one instant, Duke; TNK
Onely a little let him fall before me,Only a little let him fall before me, TNK
That I may tell my Soule he shall not have her.That I may tell my soul he shall not have her. TNK
I grant your wish, for to say true, your CosenI grant your wish, for to say true your cousin TNK
Has ten times more offended, for I gave himHas ten times more offended, for I gave him TNK
More mercy then you found, Sir, your offensesMore mercy than you found, sir, your offences TNK
Being no more then his: None here speake for 'emBeing no more than his. None here speak for 'em; TNK
For ere the Sun set, both shall sleepe for ever.For ere the sun set, both shall sleep for ever. TNK
Alas the pitty, now or never SisterAlas the pity! Now or never, sister, TNK
Speake not to be denide; That face of yoursSpeak not to be denied; that face of yoursdeny (v.)
old form: denide
refuse, rebuff, reject
Will beare the curses else of after agesWill bear the curses else of after ages TNK
For these lost Cosens.For these lost cousins. TNK
In my face deare SisterIn my face, dear sister, TNK
I finde no anger to 'em; nor no ruyn,I find no anger to 'em, nor no ruin; TNK
The misadventure of their owne eyes kill 'em;The misadventure of their own eyes kill 'em. TNK
Yet that I will be woman, and have pitty,Yet that I will be woman and have pity,that (conj.)to show thatTNK
My knees shall grow to 'th ground but Ile get mercie.My knees shall grow to th' ground but I'll get mercy. TNK
Helpe me deare Sister, in a deede so vertuous,Help me, dear sister; in a deed so virtuous, TNK
The powers of all women will be with us,The powers of all women will be with us. TNK
(The ladies kneel) TNK
Most royall Brother.Most royal brother –  TNK
Sir by our tye of Marriage.Sir, by our tie of marriage –  TNK
By your owne spotlesse honour.By your own spotless honour –  TNK
By that faith,By that faith, TNK
That faire hand, and that honest heart you gave me.That fair hand, and that honest heart you gave me –  TNK
By that you would have pitty in another,By that you would have pity in another,by that (conj.)by the fact thatTNK
By your owne vertues infinite.By your own virtues infinite –  TNK
By valour,By valour, TNK
By all the chaste nights I have ever pleasd you.By all the chaste nights I have ever pleased you – chaste (adj.)of allowed love-making [because married]TNK
These are strange Conjurings.These are strange conjurings.conjuring (n.)entreaty, invocation, incantationTNK
Nay then Ile in too:Nay, then I'll in too; TNK
By all our friendship Sir, by all our dangers,By all our friendship, sir, by all our dangers, TNK
By all you love most, warres; and this sweet Lady.By all you love most, wars and this sweet lady –  TNK
By that you would have trembled to denyBy that you would have trembled to deny TNK
A blushing Maide.A blushing maid –  TNK
By your owne eyes: By strengthBy your own eyes; by strength TNK
In which you swore I went beyond all women,In which you swore I went beyond all women,go beyond (v.)exceed, surpass, transcendTNK
Almost all men, and yet I yeelded Theseus.Almost all men, and yet I yielded, Theseus –  TNK
To crowne all this; By your most noble souleTo crown all this; by your most noble soul, TNK
Which cannot want due mercie, I beg first.Which cannot want due mercy, I beg first – want (v.)lack, need, be withoutTNK
Next heare my prayers.Next hear my prayers –  TNK
Last let me intreate Sir.Last let me entreat, sir –  TNK
For mercy.For mercy. TNK
Mercy.Mercy. TNK
Mercy on these Princes.Mercy on these princes! TNK
Ye make my faith reele: Say I feltYe make my faith reel. Say I feltfaith (n.)constancy, fidelity, loyaltyTNK
Compassion to 'em both, how would you place it?Compassion to 'em both, how would you place it? TNK
Vpon their lives: But with their banishments.Upon their lives – but with their banishments. TNK
You are a right woman, Sister; you have pitty,You are a right woman, sister; you have pity,right (adj.)typical, true, classicTNK
But want the vnderstanding where to use it.But want the understanding where to use it.want (v.)lack, need, be withoutTNK
If you desire their lives, invent a wayIf you desire their lives, invent a way TNK
Safer then banishment: Can these two liveSafer than banishment; can these two live, TNK
And have the agony of love about 'em,And have the agony of love about 'em, TNK
And not kill one another? Every dayAnd not kill one another? Every day TNK
The'yld fight about yov; howrely bring your honourThey'd fight about you, hourly bring your honour TNK
In publique question with their Swords; Be wise thenIn public question with their swords. Be wise then,question (n.)argument, contention, disputeTNK
And here forget 'em; it concernes your credit,And here forget 'em; it concerns your creditcredit (n.)reputation, name, standing, honourTNK
And my oth equally: I have said they die,And my oath equally; I have said they die. TNK
Better they fall by 'th law, then one another.Better they fall by th' law than one another. TNK
Bow not my honor.Bow not my honour.bow (v.)make to bend, cause to bendTNK
O my noble Brother,O, my noble brother, TNK
That oth was rashly made, and in your anger,That oath was rashly made, and in your anger; TNK
Your reason will not hold it, if such vowesYour reason will not hold it. If such vowsreason (n.)power of reason, judgement, common sense [often opposed to ‘passion’]TNK
hold (v.)keep, maintain, observe
Stand for expresse will, all the world must perish.Stand for express will, all the world must (adj.)
old form: expresse
fixed, final, irrevocable
stand (v.)continue, remain, wait, stay put
will (n.)intent, purpose, design
Beside, I have another oth, gainst yoursBeside, I have another oath 'gainst yours, TNK
Of more authority, I am sure more love,Of more authority, I am sure more love; TNK
Not made in passion neither, but good heede.Not made in passion neither, but good heed.passion (n.)fit of anger, feeling of rageTNK
heed (n.)
old form: heede
consideration, care, attention
What is it Sister?What is it, sister? TNK
Vrge it home brave Lady.Urge it home, brave lady.brave (adj.)noble, worthy, excellentTNK
That you would nev'r deny me any thingThat you would ne'er deny me anything TNK
Fit for my modest suit, and your free granting:Fit for my modest suit, and your free granting.suit (n.)formal request, entreaty, petitionTNK
I tye you to your word now, if ye fall in't,I tie you to your word now; if ye fall in't,fall (v.)fall short, fail, do not live up toTNK
Thinke how you maime your honour;Think how you maim your honour –  TNK
(For now I am set a begging Sir, I am deafeFor now I am set a-begging, sir, I am deaf TNK
To all but your compassion) how their livesTo all but your compassion – how their lives TNK
Might breed the ruine of my name; Opinion,Might breed the ruin of my name, (n.)reputation, fame, renownTNK
opinion (n.)gossip, suspicion, malicious rumour
opinion (n.)reputation, character, honour
Shall any thing that loves me perish for me?Shall anything that loves me perish for me? TNK
That were a cruell wisedome, doe men proyneThat were a cruel wisdom; do men prune TNK
The straight yong Bowes that blush with thousand BlossomsThe straight young boughs that blush with thousand blossoms TNK
Because they may be rotten? O Duke TheseusBecause they may be rotten? O Duke Theseus,be (v.)become, come to beTNK
The goodly Mothers that have groand for these,The goodly mothers that have groaned for these,groan (v.)
old form: groand
utter groans during childbirth
And all the longing Maides that ever lov'd,And all the longing maids that ever loved 'em, TNK
If your vow stand, shall curse me and my Beauty,If your vow stand, shall curse me and my beauty, TNK
And in their funerall songs, for these two CosensAnd in their funeral songs for these two cousins TNK
Despise my crueltie, and cry woe worth me,Despise my cruelty, and cry woe worth me,worth (v.)become of, happen to, fall onTNK
Till I am nothing but the scorne of women;Till I am nothing but the scorn of women; TNK
For heavens sake save their lives, and banish 'em.For heaven's sake, save their lives and banish 'em. TNK
On what conditions?On what conditions? TNK
Sweare 'em never moreSwear 'em never more TNK
To make me their Contention, or to know me,To make me their contention, or to know me,know (v.)acknowledge, remember, think [of]TNK
contention (n.)quarrel, dispute, strife
To tread upon thy Dukedome, and to beTo tread upon thy dukedom, and to be, TNK
Where ever they shall travel, ever strangersWherever they shall travel, ever strangers TNK
to one another.To one another.a (prep.)variant form of 'in'TNK
Ile be cut a peecesI'll be cut a-pieces TNK
Before I take this oth, forget I love her?Before I take this oath! Forget I love her? TNK
O all ye gods dispise me then: Thy BanishmentO all ye gods, despise me then. Thy banishment TNK
I not mislike, so we may fairely carryI not mislike, so we may fairly carrymislike (v.)dislike, be displeased withTNK
Our Swords, aud cause along: else never trifle,Our swords and cause along; else never trifle, TNK
But take our lives Duke, I must love and will,But take our lives, Duke. I must love and will, TNK
And for that love, must and dare kill this CosenAnd for that love must and dare kill this cousin TNK
On any peece the earth has.On any piece the earth has.piece (n.)
old form: peece
bit of ground, place
Will you ArciteWill you, Arcite, TNK
Take these conditions?Take these conditions? TNK
H'es a villaine then.He's a villain, then. TNK
These are men.These are men! TNK
No, never Duke: Tis worse to me than beggingNo, never, Duke; 'tis worse to me than begging TNK
To take my life so basely, though I thinkeTo take my life so basely. Though I thinktake (v.)accept, receive, escape withTNK
basely (adv.)dishonourably, shamefully, ignominiously
I never shall enjoy her, yet ile preserveI never shall enjoy her, yet I'll preserve TNK
The honour of affection, and dye for her,The honour of affection and die for her,affection (n.)love, devotionTNK
Make death a Devill.Make death a devil.devil (n.)
old form: Devill
diabolical thing, worst possible event
What may be done? for now I feele compassion.What may be done? For now I feel compassion. TNK
The ladies rise TNK
Let it not fall agen Sir.Let it not fall again, sir.fall (v.)fall short, fail, do not live up toTNK
Say EmiliaSay, Emilia, TNK
If one of them were dead, as one muff, are youIf one of them were dead, as one must, are you TNK
Content to take th' other to your husband?Content to take the other to your husband?content (adj.)agreeable, willing, readyTNK
They cannot both enjoy you; They are PrincesThey cannot both enjoy you. They are princes TNK
As goodly as your owne eyes, and as nobleAs goodly as your own eyes, and as noble TNK
As ever fame yet spoke of; looke upon 'em,As ever fame yet spoke of; look upon 'em, TNK
And if you can love, end this difference,And if you can love, end this difference.difference (n.)quarrel, disagreement, disputeTNK
I give consent, are you content too Princes?I give consent; are you content too, princes? TNK
With all our soules.With all our souls. TNK
He that she refusesHe that she refuses TNK
Must dye then.Must die then. TNK
Any death thou canst invent Duke.Any death thou canst invent, Duke. TNK
If I fall from that mouth, I fall with favour,If I fall from that mouth, I fall with favour, TNK
And Lovers yet unborne shall blesse my ashes.And lovers yet unborn shall bless my ashes. TNK
If she refuse me, yet my grave will wed me,If she refuse me, yet my grave will wed me, TNK
And Souldiers sing my Epitaph.And soldiers sing my epitaph. TNK
Make choice then.Make choice then. TNK
I cannot Sir, they are both too excellentI cannot, sir, they are both too excellent; TNK
For me, a hayre shall never fall of these men.For me, a hair shall never fall of these men. TNK
What will become of 'em?What will become of 'em? TNK
Thus I ordaine it,Thus I ordain it, TNK
And by mine honor, once againe it stands,And by mine honour once again, it stands,stand (v.)continue, remain, wait, stay putTNK
Or both shall dye. You shall both to your Countrey,Or both shall die: you shall both to your country, TNK
And each within this moneth accompaniedAnd each within this month, accompanied TNK
With three faire Knights, appeare againe in this place,With three fair knights, appear again in this place, TNK
In which Ile plant a Pyramid; and whetherIn which I'll plant a pyramid; and whether,plant (v.)fix in the ground, set up, placeTNK
pyramid (n.)obelisk, pillar
Before us that are here, can force his CosenBefore us that are here, can force his cousin TNK
By fayre and knightly strength to touch the Pillar,By fair and knightly strength to touch the pillar, TNK
He shall enjoy her: the other loose his head,He shall enjoy her; the other lose his head, TNK
And all his friends; Nor shall he grudge to fall,And all his friends; nor shall he grudge to fall,grudge (v.)grumble, complain, be discontentedTNK
Nor thinke he dies with interest in this Lady:Nor think he dies with interest in this lady.interest (n.)valid claim [on], rights of possession [to]TNK
Will this content yee?Will this content ye? TNK
Yes: here Cosen ArciteYes! – Here, cousin Arcite, TNK
I am friends againe, till that howre.I am friends again, till that hour. TNK
I embrace ye.I embrace ye. TNK
Are you content Sister?Are you content, sister? TNK
Yes, I must Sir,Yes, I must, sir, TNK
Els both miscarry.Else both miscarry.miscarry (v.)come to harm, perish, meet deathTNK
Come shake hands againe then,Come, shake hands again then, TNK
And take heede, as you are Gentlemen, this QuarrellAnd take heed, as you are gentlemen, this quarrel TNK
Sleepe till the howre prefixt, and hold your course.Sleep till the hour prefixed, and hold your course.prefixed (adj.)
old form: prefixt
fixed, settled, prearranged, decided in advance
hold (v.)keep, maintain, observe
course (n.)course of action, way of proceeding
We dare not faile thee Theseus.We dare not fail thee, Theseus. TNK
Come, Ile give yeCome, I'll give ye TNK
Now usage like to Princes, and to Friends:Now usage like to princes and to friends. TNK
When ye returne, who wins, Ile settle heere,When ye return, who wins, I'll settle here;settle (v.)establish, set up, give a home toTNK
Who looses, yet Ile weepe upon his Beere.Who loses, yet I'll weep upon his bier. TNK
Exeunt.Exeunt TNK
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